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Before Pictures

Before Pictures Douglas Crimp is the rare art critic whose work profoundly influenced a generation of artists He is best known for his work with the Pictures Generation the very name of which Crimp coined to define t

  • Title: Before Pictures
  • Author: Douglas Crimp
  • ISBN: 9780226423456
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Douglas Crimp is the rare art critic whose work profoundly influenced a generation of artists He is best known for his work with the Pictures Generation the very name of which Crimp coined to define the work of artists like Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman who appropriated images from mass culture to carry out a subversive critique But while his influence is widely recogDouglas Crimp is the rare art critic whose work profoundly influenced a generation of artists He is best known for his work with the Pictures Generation the very name of which Crimp coined to define the work of artists like Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman who appropriated images from mass culture to carry out a subversive critique But while his influence is widely recognized, we know little about Crimp s own formative experiences before Pictures Before Pictures tells the story of Crimp s life as a young gay man and art critic in New York City during the late 1960s through the turbulent 1970s Crimp participated in all of what made the city so stimulating in that vibrant decade The details of his professional and personal life are interwoven with this the particularly rich history of New York City at that time, producing a vivid portrait of both the critic and his adopted city The book begins with his escape from his hometown in Idaho, and we quickly find Crimp writing criticism for ArtNews while working at the Guggenheim where, as a young curatorial assistant, he was one of the few to see Daniel Buren s Peinture Sculpture before it was removed amid cries of institutional censorship We also travel to the Chelsea Hotel where Crimp helped the down on his luck couturier Charles James organize his papers through to his days as a cinephile and balletomane to the founding of the art journal October, where he remained a central figure for many years As he was developing his reputation as a critic, he was also partaking of the New York night life, from drugs and late nights alongside the Warhol crowd at the Max s Kansas City to discos, roller skating, and casual sex with famous and not so famous men As AIDS began to ravage the closely linked art and gay communities, Crimp eventually turned his attention to activism dedicated to rethinking AIDS Part biography and part cultural history, Before Pictures is a courageous account of an exceptional period in both Crimp s life and the life of New York City At the same time, it offers a deeply personal and engaging point of entry into important issues in contemporary art.

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    1. In my youth, I subscribed to the October journal. I feel my main attraction to the journal was due to its design. Which is, to this day, the exact same thing. I like a magazine or journal that doesn't change. Saying that I haven't read it for 20 years or so, even though, it's an excellent publication of writers writing about things I'm interested in. One of those writers is Douglas Crimp. If his name was attached to an essay I would read it. "Before Pictures" is a book that I wouldn't expect fro [...]


    2. This book was an enjoyable read after some of the more heavy theoretical reading I've been doing lately. Although ostensibly a memoir of Crimp's life in New York City between 1967 and 1977, it contained a fair amount of art criticism/theory as well. Rather than inserting himself into his criticism, Crimp has inserted criticism into his biography.


    3. I feel like I'm the ideal reader for this book, as a gay white cis male from a middle class background with an education in design and art, familiarity with modern dance and early performance art So, I loved it, but maybe I'm biased.Crimp's book is situated firmly at the intersection of all these things, touching on fashion history (via his early experiences in NYC working with designer Charles James), gay culture (the rise of disco clubs, Fire Island, and cruising/gay sex in pre-AIDS NYC), and [...]




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